Friday, January 6, 2017

Passengers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passengers_(2016_film
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The starship Avalon cruises through space on a 120-year journey to Homestead II, a habitable planet where its 5,000 passengers will spend a new life after they wake up from a century of suspended animation. When a hurtling space rock collides with the spacecraft’s front shield, it results in unseen yet serious technical consequences. One of the immediate repercussions is the malfunction of engineer Jim Preston’s (Chris Pratt) hibernation pod, waking him up 90 years too early. With everyone onboard in deep sleep including the crew and no way to go back and join them, he lasts one year on his own before deciding to take his own life. In the end, he hesitates. Taunted by solitude, he sets his sights on the sleeping Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), a journalist who is booked for a return trip with the intention of getting back to Earth after 240 years and sharing a story that has never been told ever. Figuring out how to disable a pod, he now faces a dilemma. Should he confront his impending doom all by himself or should he wake her up, in effect signing her death sentence?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang_Babae_sa_Septic_Tank_2:_Forever_is_Not_Enough#/media/File:Septic_Tank_2.jpg
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Coming up with a script for their new film called The Itinerary, director Rainier (Kean Cipriano) and line producer Jocelyn (Cai Cortez) attempt to woo demanding actress Eugene Domingo (Eugene Domingo) to headline their new feature. She invites them to an all-exclusive spa where they discuss various aspects of the movie from the choice of leading men all the way down to the selection of a theme song. Director and actress do not see eye to eye and square off from time to time, causing some friction in the negotiation which Jocelyn and production assistant Lennon (Khalil Ramos) try their best to mediate. On one hand, Eugene wants her comeback to be a financial success, and thus pitches ideas based on mainstream formula. On the other hand, Rainier feels that he will lose the essence of the story, based on his very own crumbling marriage, if he succumbs to her demands.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Oro

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oro_(film)
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Elmer (Joem Bascon) mines gold for a living. His girlfriend Linda (Mercedes Cabral) is pregnant, but hasn’t told him yet because she does not know how he’ll react. Both are contemplating marriage, but neither one wants to take the initiative to propose. Kapitana (Irma Adlawan) has been heading her small island village for the last two decades. She is also in charge of playing the role of intermediary between the townsfolk and the central bank, buying the gold and selling it on their behalf. The local livelihood is brought to a standstill when armed men arrive and arrest the miners, claiming to be working as part of the government’s environmental protection group. Kapitana then enlists the help of the mayor and DENR, but the armed men won’t yield, citing the governor as their backer. What follows is a political tug-of-war between the oppressor and the oppressed, culminating in a bloodbath that the town has never witnessed before, all because of gold.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Saving Sally

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saving_Sally
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Marty (Enzo Marcos) and Sally (Rhian Ramos) first meet in high school when she steps up and gets back at the bully making his life miserable. They have become inseparable since then. As best friends. But he wants to be more than that, despite her remaining oblivious to the fact. Just when he finally musters the strength to admit his feelings before graduation, she surprises him with her own announcement. She has a boyfriend. Nick (TJ Trinidad) is buff, a decade older, and has a cool job. Marty sees him as a nuisance, literally a giant dickhead blocking the way to his best friend’s heart. On the contrary, she sees him as her ticket out of the miserable life she has to deal with back home. As Marty becomes the couple’s secret messenger, he begins to visualize a story for his comic book gig based on the real-life heartaches he is experiencing, a tale of unrequited love amidst monsters terrorizing the world.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seklusyon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seklusyon
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1947. Garbed in immaculate blue and white with matching improvised tiara of the Virgin Mary on her head, Anghela Sta. Ana (Rhed Bustamante) is a doer of miracles. The townsfolk come to her to seek supernatural treatment for their many physical ailments. They treat her as a living saint. Father Ricardo (Neil Ryan Sese) is sent by the Catholic Church to investigate. He believes the key to proving that the child is a false prophet is by exposing the dubious past of Sister Cecilia (Phoebe Walker), the mysterious nun who accompanies the girl wherever she goes. Young deacon Miguel (Ronnie Alonte) enters a retreat house with three other ministers to undergo seven days of seclusion, the final step required before they are fully ordained as priests. When Anghela’s parents are murdered, she seeks refuge and is reluctantly accepted at the same retreat house, causing complications to the already overwhelming torment the four young men must deal with to prove the strength of their faith.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Kabisera

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabisera
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The De Dios family is the perfect example of a happy brood, unconventionally large for the modern era but full of love nonetheless. Antonio (Ricky Davao) works as the barangay chairman and is said to be a good man, but his reputation experiences a downswing when he survives two separate grenade and gun attacks from unknown assailants. Rumors start to swirl, but Mercy (Nora Aunor) is adamant and shows a brave face in public, even though she herself is already beginning to doubt the activities of her very own husband. When hooded men with guns storm their house in the middle of the night, their lives are put in jeopardy. When their son Andy (JC de Vera) is also entangled in what appears to be baseless accusations against their family, Mercy decides to take a stand, in spite of all the warnings she receives about not going against the system because there is just no winning against it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vince & Kath & James

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_and_Kath_and_James
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Vince (Joshua Garcia) and James (Ronnie Alonte) are not just cousins. They are the best of friends, and this despite the similarities that they simply do not share. One is athletic and is the archetype of the varsity jock every girl on campus swoons over. What the other lacks in sportsmanship, he makes up for in words, authoring a blog called Da Vinci Quotes where he pours out his love frustrations behind the comforts of anonymity. But they do have something in common, which is their crush on Kath (Julia Barretto), the pretty Miss Engineering titleholder who is as dashing in a gown and a tiara on her head as she is valuable with a wrench and screwdriver at hand. One cousin gives way to the other and acts as a bridge instrumental in setting up the couple for a budding romance, but how long can he keep up the charade when his very own feelings start to betray him and act as his very own saboteur? Will his next blog entry be entitled Follow Your Heart or Bros Before Hoes?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Die Beautiful

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Beautiful
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After bringing home one first-runner up sash too many, Trisha (Paolo Ballesteros) finally wins a coveted title, that of Miss Gay Philippines. As the queens pose for a final group picture, he feels nauseated and ends up collapsing under the weight of his crown. Rushed to the nearest hospital, he no longer wakes up. What follows is an argument on who should bring home the body. His father (Joel Torre) and sister Beth (Gladys Reyes) both want to bring his corpse back home and bury him as a man, but his best friend Barbs (Christian Bables) won’t budge, arguing that he and his adopted daughter have been his only family ever since they disowned him when he came out of the closet. A glamorous life deserves a fabulous death, and Trisha’s only wish is to be transformed into a different celebrity for every night of his wake. He died beautiful, will he still be on the day of his interment?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Beauty Queen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_Beauty_Queen
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Being one of the few foreign destinations that can be reached from Manila by plane in under two hours, Hong Kong somehow serves as the baptism of fire for budding travelers from the Philippines daring to go international. But not every Filipino who flies there does so with the intention of sightseeing or shopping. There are almost 200,000 documented domestic helpers in HK, usually in a live-in arrangement with their employers. Most of them are expected to work day and night, six days a week. But on Sundays, they are free. If ever you’ve experienced the ex-British colony on a weekend and wondered what the influx of Filipinas in the streets is all about, then this film will answer that question for you. Here is their reality. As is. No filter.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sense8: Episode 13


13. A Christmas Special
Will and Riley are in hiding somewhere in Iceland, but his reliance on heroin to shut off his connection with Whispers is not enough. He can still track them and he also extends his threat by visiting his father back in Chicago. Nomi and Neets suffer the same fate, but count on close friends to hide their tracks. Capheus’ matatu explodes, but he gets a brand new one from his benefactor to repay him for saving his life. Sun is still in prison, not getting enough support because her brother keeps on interfering with her legal representation. Kala and Rajan head over to Positano for their honeymoon, but her constant visions of Wolfgang come between them. Wolfgang is wooed by different factions to be their new leader as the consequence of his uncle’s murder leaves a great void that needs to be filled. His stalwart refusal results in more danger not just for him, but also for a recently recovering Felix. Lito and Hernando experience the backlash of their scandal going viral and must deal with the consequences to their respective careers.

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