Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Top Gun: Maverick


In his more than three decades of serving in the navy, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) remains a test pilot, intentionally avoiding any kind of career progression. After destroying an expensive aircraft in a test flight which sees him exceeding a G-force of 10, he finds an unexpected exit point as he is called back to become an instructor at Top Gun. The mission involves the nearly impossible task of a preemptive strike of an enemy state’s nuclear production facility guarded by surface to air missile machinery and fighter jets that can rival their own. The crew comprises a new batch of elite Top Gun alums which include cocky Jake “Hangman” Seresin (Glen Powell), WSO Robert “Bob” Floyd (Lewis Pullman), trainee Natasha “Phoenix” Trace (Monica Barbaro), and Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late best friend and RIO Goose.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Top Gun (1986)


1969. The US Navy establishes an academy for the crème de la crème of its hierarchy of pilots, training them in aerial combat. Only the top 1% gets in and upon graduation, they are then considered as the best fighter pilots worldwide. While the Navy officially calls it the Fighter Weapons School, its students refer to the program as Top Gun. Naval Aviator lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell along with his best friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, a Radar Intercept Officer, make it to the new batch of trainees after their stint aboard the USS Enterprise. Highly skilled but coming across as a bit arrogant, Maverick immediately courts rivalry from the rest of his class, among them lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer), who is not at all impressed by his demeanor while up in the air. As they battle it out for the top spot, Maverick has to juggle his budding love affair with Top Gun instructor Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) with his high expectation of himself dealing with the ghost of his father’s past.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Senior Year


Teenage Australian immigrant Stephanie Conway (Angourie Rice) has always struggled to fit in and makes a vow to be the most popular girl in high school. Her role model is ex-prom queen Deanna Russo who married the high school jock and lived her dream life at her dream house in the same suburb. Conway achieves her goals, becomes cheer captain, and clinches the hot guy as her boyfriend. However, the journey to her dreams is abruptly cut short after she falls in a coma following a cheerleading stunt gone wrong. She wakes up 20 years later and quickly realizes that life is no longer how she left it. Her best friends Martha (Mary Holland) and Seth (Sam Richardson) are now the high school principal and librarian, respectively. Her boyfriend Blaine (Justin Hartley) is married to her high school rival Tiffany (Zoë Chao). But perhaps the rudest awakening is finding out, after deciding to go back to finishing her senior year, how the dynamics of high school have changed after two decades.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


Every night, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) wakes up from the same nightmare, that of a teenager being chased by various supernatural creatures. On the day of Christine Palmer’s (Rachel McAdams) wedding, the city is ambushed by a tentacled monster and much to Stephen’s surprise, the girl from his dreams materializes in front of him. She introduces herself as America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who has the ability to travel between universes by punching star-shaped holes through them, a superpower she has yet to learn how to control. With Wong (Benedict Wong) noticing how the creatures in pursuit are not demonic in nature but rather summoned via witchcraft, Doctor Strange seeks the help of one of the most powerful magic wielders he knows. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is now living a quiet life and claims to have put magic behind her. Unbeknownst to the ex-Sorcerer Supreme, the Scarlet Witch has an entirely different plan in mind.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Moon Knight: Episode 6

6. Gods and Monsters
Harrow retrieves Ammit’s ushabti from Marc’s corpse and frees the goddess. Layla pursues them on her own and gets an offer from Taweret to become her avatar. She sneaks into the pyramid and frees Khonshu while Ammit (Saba Mubarak), with Harrow as her new avatar, strikes the Ennead one by one. Despite a stark warning from Taweret, Marc abandons the Field of Reeds and comes back for Steven. The two are freed by an enchanted glow and cross the gates of Osiris back to their body just in time to rendezvous with Layla, now Taweret’s superpowered avatar, and team up against Harrow/Ammit. After almost losing, the duo imprison Ammit in Harrow’s body. Marc/Steven refuse to kill him/her and demand liberty from Khonshu, which he seemingly grants them. As the two live in the illusion of harmonious co-existence, they black out. Harrow is dragged out of the asylum and shoved into a limousine where Khonshu awaits. The god then introduces him to his friend Jake Lockley (Oscar Isaac), who immediately guns him down.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Moon Knight: Episode 5

5. Asylum
Taweret breaks the news to Marc/Steven that they are actually quite dead and that her ship en route to the gates of Osiris is usually visualized by the deceased as something familiar to them. In the case of Marc/Steven, it’s an asylum. Their hearts are weighed and fail to achieve the balance required for them to enter paradise. Taweret suggests they go back in and process their memories in an effort to correctly tip the scales. Steven takes a trip down memory lane and finds out the hard way how he, as an alternate personality, has been created by Marc as a defense mechanism for the childhood trauma he had to endure after being blamed for the accidental death of his younger brother and consequently getting abused verbally and physically by his mother. Marc/Steven forgive one another. Their scales are finally balanced, but not until they are attacked by the ghosts of their past, dragging Steven down with them on the sand. Marc wakes up in a field of reeds, the equivalent of paradise in ancient Egyptian mythology.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Lost City


Best-selling author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is not really suffering from writer’s block per se, but rather just finding it hard to finish the latest installment of her successful romance-adventure novels because she’s emotionally drained. Another thing she dreads is doing the round of promotional tours with Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum), the cover model who gets a rabid fanbase of women lusting over him as the book’s fictional hero Dash McMahon. After storming out of the venue, she gets kidnapped by a pair of thugs under the command of eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) who claims to have discovered the lost city of D being referred to in Loretta’s books. He also believes that she is the only one who can help him decipher the location of a treasure called the Crown of Fire. Finding no help from the authorities, her publicist Allison (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) and Alan seek the help of retired navy seal and soldier extraordinaire Jack Trainer (Brad Pitt) who promises to rescue and bring the writer back within 48 hours.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Heartstopper: Episode 8

8. Boyfriend
Harry gets suspended. Charlie blames himself for all the fallout, quits the rugby team, and starts avoiding Nick. The Truman-Higgs Sports Day comes, and Elle gets to visit her old school, making peace with her past. Tao and Charlie make amends after the latter runs the 200-meter dash for the former, easily beating Ben at his pet event. He puts his ex-flame in his place and warns not to subject him to emotional blackmail again. Nick competes in the red-versus-blue rugby game but abandons the match halfway as he sees Charlie in the crowd. He runs towards him and whisks him away to one of the corridors where he declares his love for him. The two officially become a couple after Nick takes Charlie to the beach one weekend where they finally have their first date. As Nick returns home, he musters the courage to sit down and talk to his mom, effectively coming out as bisexual to her and revealing his relationship with Charlie. Sarah is happy for her son and apologizes in case she made him feel as though he couldn’t tell her that before.

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