Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Joker

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Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) lives with his mentally ill mother in Gotham City. He aspires to be a stand-up comedian but can’t seem to get his big break due to his strange sense of humor. Working as a party clown, he gets fired after he is caught bringing a gun to a children’s hospital gig. With a psychological illness that makes him erupt into uncontrollable and maniacal laughter, a simple subway ride turns lethal when a trio of white-collared bullies make fun of him. The incident provokes his downward spiral, descending into a life of crime that is quickly emulated by one too many vigilantes in the city. As Gotham faces an unprecedented rise in its crime rate, Arthur embraces his new persona, introducing himself as the Joker on talk show host Murray Franklin’s (Robert de Niro) TV show. Realizing how his life has been one big joke, he now makes the city realize that the joke is actually on them.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Unforgettable

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Jasmine (Sarah Geronimo) is a special girl. Since her parents died, she and her sisters Dahlia (Ara Mina) and Violet (Meg Imperial) have been raised alone by their grandmother Olive (Gina Pareño) in the family home in Baguio. After her sisters have moved to the big city, it is Jasmine who gets left behind to take care of their now ailing lola. Her impressive skills in cooking and memorization also prove to be an asset for the family business, that of a small café that she helps manage. When the grandma is diagnosed with tuberculosis, Jasmine is forced to live with her sisters in Manila in fear of her weak immune system being compromised by their grandparent’s worsening condition. There she meets and adopts Happy (Milo), an intelligent canine that resembles the same pet dog her grandmother had decades earlier who she believes miraculously saved her from a tumor that almost claimed her life.

Friday, October 18, 2019

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 22


Episodio 22: Pensamiento (Reflexion)
El abogado de la familia lee el testamento de Virginia. Delia se encarga de la casa mientras que el anillo de bisabuelo debe ser devuelto a Diego por si acaso vuelva con Julián. Ernesto intenta recuperarlo de Jenny pero ella ya lo ha regalado a alguien. Él recobre el sentido común y por fin la expulsa de la casa. Alejo al cual Virginia se refiere como su novio va a recibir el resto del dinero de la cuenta bancaria en Houston. Paulina lo confronta sobre todo incluso de dónde sacó su mamá el dinero para el tratamiento en Houston. Él le dice a ella que se le dio Pato. Pato resulta ser Diego mismo. Arrepentida, ella se entrega a la policía y toma el lugar de Diego en la cárcel. Con su inocencia, Diego vuelve con Julián y los dos viven felices juntos. Elena queda embarazada del hijo de Diego. Dice adiós a Simón para siempre y va a la final de Talento México para ver cantar Micaela pero su auto choca con lo de Jenny la cual está en fuga. A punto de ser demolida, la florería está salvada con la llegada de la mamá de Virginia quien la ha comprado.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 21


Episodio 21: Heliconia (Fertilidad)
Elena pierde su trabajo después de que Claudio le dice a la Chiquis lo de ellos. Para colmo Simón ya no habla con ella. Diego quiere formar una familia feliz con Julián pero no quiere adoptar un hijo. Habla con Elena y le propone a ella la inseminación artificial. Así que será su hijo pero con la sangre de la Mora. Sufriendo una crisis existencial, Elena vacila un poco pero finalmente acuerdan los dos hasta que sepan el costo del procedimiento. El médico sugiere la manera normal: el coito. Los dos van a un motel y descubren cosas en común con respecto al sexo. Paulina duerme con Alejo y persigue su plan de manipular una de las drag queens para que haga una denuncia contra Diego. Llegan en el cabaret y lo llevan esposado a la comisería de policía. Micaela está eliminada en la penúltima ronda de Talento México y echa la culpa a Bruno por dar el vestido que debe ser para ella a una participante que le gusta la cual avanza a la ronda final por engañar a todos via la sincronización de voz.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 20


Episodio 20: Geranio (Consejo)
Paulina ya está harta del culto de su papá, los miembros del cual ya invaden hasta la casa misma. Ernesto sigue haciendo la vista gorda y después de darse cuenta de que Jenny ya prefiere a Cacas, él soborna a un amigo policía para que lo metan otra vez a la carcel. Ahora le promete a Jenny el seguro de Virginia. El resultado de la prueba de ADN sale y Diego confronta Lucía sobre la verdad pero ella se queda indiferente. Diego encuentra dos hombres más de los cuales ella cobra la mensualidad para el bebé la que se llama Julia en realidad. La verdad deprime a Julián pero por lo menos ya vuelve con Diego después de terminar con él para formar una familia sólida con Lucía. Simón lleva Elena en su casa deseos mundanos y allí se topan con el grupo de orgía de Simón. Elena no está segura si quiera ser parte de eso. Micaela vuelve a Talento México con una canción y un baile. Paulina y Alejo (Eduardo Rosa) salen y casi se dan un revolcón pero ella le dice a él que no puede traicionar la confianza de María José.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 19


Episodio 19: Clavos de Olor (Caprichosa)
Jenny Quetzal y su secta invaden la casa de la Mora y ella conoce a Paulina por primera vez. El conejito de Micaela acaba por ser cocido por el culto lo que enfurece a Elena. Ella afronta a su papá pero hace la vista gorda aunque es muy obvio que la líder se está aprovechando de él, ahora pidiéndole que deposite el seguro de Virginia en su cuenta bancaria. María José decide dejar Paulina y Bruno en CDMX. Ella regresa a Madrid y le descarga sus frustraciones a su hermana. Julián se muda con Diego y ambos pasan tiempo con su hijita Namibia. Diego no está convencido de que sea verdaderamente la hija de Julián. Así que recoge una muestra de saliva del bebé para realizar una prueba de paternidad. Paulina tiene un plan de permitir que trabajen las amigas escorts de Julián en el cabaret. Como Diego aún tiene los derechos legales, ella espera que sea suficiente eso para que lo cachen en flagrante y que él vaya a la cárcel. Simón deja su cargo como sacerdote y cae en la tentación de Elena la cual le dice que lo quiere.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 18


Episodio 18: Acacia (Amor Secreto)
Bruno ayuda a Micaela por comprar lo que necesita para su actuación en Talento México. Micaela concursa en la segunda ronda pero acaba fracasando en vivo. María José y Paulina se pelean cada vez a menudo sobre todo lo que pasa en la familia. Para colmo, Bruno ya no quiere volver a Madrid. Padre e hijo hablan sinceramente y María José se da cuenta de que tenga razón su hijo. Paulina, Elena y Julián desenterran la caja de su mamá en diferentes ocasiones y todos ya han descubierto las fotos del Catalán apodado ALEJO. Julián pide ayuda a una amiga prostituta la cual sugiere un bar gay de osos donde un español de tal apodo trabaja. Él resulta ser otra persona. Los hermanos se aprovechan del lugar para estar happy. Después de unos tragos de tequila, los tres festejan y en un delirio de embriaguez, Paulina marca el número de ALEJO lo cual Elena envió a su móvil. Se encuentra con el Catalán quien se presenta como un compañero de quimio de Virginia en Houston. Él sobrevivió; ella desafortunadamente, no.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 17


Episodio 17: Almendra (Despertar)
María José y Bruno llegan por fin en CDMX y ella encuentra un buen propósito de ayudar una de las drag queens del cabaret con sus asuntos legales de género. Se da cuenta de que pueda ayudar a mucha gente salvo a Paulina misma la cual sigue empeñandose acríticamente en sus metas descaminadas. Elena enfrenta a Simón durante su sesión de terapia alternativa en la peluquería. Más tarde lo visita en la iglesia y después de seguir dándole vueltas al asunto y como sería un gran pecado tener una relación íntima con un sacerdote, los dos se besan allí mismo. Por otra parte, Claudio se lía con la Chiquis ciega, por cualquier motivo que tenga. Julián se dedica a la prostitución a causa de sus dificultades financieras y comprende a lo largo del camino cómo quiere tanto a Diego. Promete volver con él y devolverle el anillo de bisabuela pero ya no está en la caja enterrada. Descubre, en cambio, el celular de su mamá el cual contiene fotos con el Catalán lo que ya han visto los hermanos un par de veces.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 16


Episodio 16: Loto (Misterio)
Paulina sigue adelante a todo vapor con la reapertura del cabaret. Con los papeles de propiedad ya bajo el nombre de Julián gracias a Diego, lo que solo queda hacer ahora es convencer a las drag queens que regresen. Esto se ve fácil para la mayoría salvo una, quien quería tener la bendición de Claudio antes de volver. Por eso Elena lo busca en su tienda nueva, La Casa de Disfraces, para pedirle a él un favor. Casi acaban por echar un polvo antes de que entre Micaela. Por su parte, la niña se hace cada vez mejor con sus trucos de magia. Al final Paulina consigue reabrir el cabaret y sus hermanos le confiesan a ella lo de Diego, lo de Claudio y lo de Elena trabajando para transformarse la florería en El Imperio de los Peces, el proyecto nuevo de los Chiquis los cuales han contratado a su empresa para la remodelación. Ernesto cae en la trampa de Jenny Quetzal (Mariana Treviño), la líder del culto, a quien le da el anillo de bisabuela que Diego devolvió a Julián. Luego, la invita a la casa de la Mora.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 15


Episodio 15: Iris (Fe)
Contando con su nuevo hobby de cartomagia, Micaela quiere inscribirse en Talento México pero nadie de los adultos quieran acompañarla. El Cacas sale de la cárcel y es reclutado en seguida por Ernesto para unirse a la secta de la cual él forma parte. Después de una transferencia de dinero, él conoce finalmente a la líder del culto. El paquete que Virginia les dejó a sus hijos no contiene nada más que efectos personales y los tres deciden de enterrarlo en el patio para ya olvidar el pasado y seguir adelante. Sin embargo, Paulina tiene una misión: recomprar la florería de los hermanos Chiquis los cuales se la venderán solamente a un costo exorbitante. Desesperada, ella piensa en recuperar primero la otra Casa de las Flores para recaudar fondos pero el cabaret ya está por convertirse en La Casa de los Pollos. Mientras cena la familia llega Diego que les da un documento de la compra del cabaret lo que casi provoca a Paulina al borde de un ataque de nervios.

La casa de las flores: Episodio/Episode 14


Episodio 14: Rosa (Unidad)
Un año después, Virginia de la Mora está muerta. Residiendo ahora en Madrid con María José y Bruno, Paulina recibe una llamada de México del abogado de la familia, el cual le informe que alguien ha impugnado el testamento de su mamá. Aún obsesionada de la venganza contra Diego, les dice a María José y a Bruno que regresen a México. Bruno está emocionado, mientras que María José está harta de todo el drama. Purificación (María León), la hermana entrometida de María José, quema los pasaportes de los dos y al final Paulina vuelve sola a CDMX. Mucho ha cambiado en la casa de la Mora. Ernesto ha encontrado solaz en una vida espiritual renovada. Elena llega a ser arquitecta en una gran empresa pero aún tiene dificultades con la vida amorosa. Julián va a ser papá y se encuentra con Diego en una sauna por casualidad quien le dice que el robo del dinero de la familia fue la idea de la mismísima Virginia y él solo fue un cómplice. Juntos van a descubrir lo que la matriarca en realidad los dejó.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Isa Pa, with Feelings

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Mara (Maine Mendoza) considers herself as the fulfillment of her father’s failed dreams. And so her world almost crumbles when she does not pass the architecture licensure exam the first time around. Having a niece who is deaf, she registers for one-on-one sign language classes in an effort to communicate with her better. There, she meets her teacher who turns out to be Gali (Carlo Aquino), her aloof neighbor who she always thought to be rather standoffish and a snob. Being introduced to a world similar to her own but from a different perspective, she gets to know him better and the two form a bond that is greater than being just friends, but can a relationship really work out for two people who see the world in a different light, or more aptly put, hear it with different beats?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Atlantis Theatrical)

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Ex-convict Benjamin Barker comes back to London as Sweeney Todd (Jett Pangan) to look for his wife and daughter as well as exact revenge on Judge Turpin (Andrew Fernando), who framed him up for a crime he didn’t commit in an effort to steal his wife. Pie maker Mrs. Lovett (Lea Salonga) welcomes him back to the area and helps in setting up his barbershop, which quickly becomes popular because of his superb skills. Unbeknownst to many, Todd and Lovett have formed a criminal partnership wherein he slits the throats of his customers, many of them men who did him wrong in the past, before dropping them down a trapdoor leading to her bake shop where their bodies are minced and used as the key ingredient in her mouth-watering meat pies. With the help of sailor Anthony Hope (Gerald Santos) who finds Barker’s daughter Johanna (Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante), Todd will not stop until he gets his revenge and his family back.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Himala Isang Musikal (9 Works Theatrical)

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The rural town of Cupang has seen better days. With drought, poverty, and sickness plaguing the villages, everyone is looking for a miracle. They find that miracle in Elsa (Aicelle Santos). Heading back home one afternoon, the barrio lass is blinded by a white light and claims to have witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who she claims tells her to become an instrument of healing. Soon, Elsa becomes a faith healer and is now the talk of the town, with tourists and sick people all over the country coming to her shrine to see her in hopes of being cured. Her mother Saling (Bituin Escalante) is reluctant, but the women of the town are persuasive. With the help of her best friend turned disciple Chayong (Neomi Gonzales), she becomes the town’s messiah, but not everyone is happy with such turn of events.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

#Jowable

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Elsa (Kim Molina) is a young woman who wants nothing more than to have someone to call her own. Growing up with a single mother (Kakai Bautista), she believes that it is bad karma passed from parent to child how her mom changes boyfriends all the time while she herself has been single since birth. Given the circumstances, she becomes the bitter old maid in her circle of friends, spiting them for having a significant other that she can’t seem to get her hands on. Desperate, she does everything including job hopping to up her chances in finding a mate, but just can’t seem to get any luck. When she volunteers for a charity excursion for homeless children, she runs into a nun (Candy Pangilinan), who tells her that perhaps she has been single all along because she is being prepared to meet the right guy at the right time.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

[NEW YORK] Budget and Itinerary (5)


SATURDAY: 28 September 2019
ANA (Manila - New York - Manila) - 831.14
Blue Moon Hotel (2 Nights/4 Bed Dorm) - 148.77
NJ Transit (Newark - NY Penn) - 13.00
MTA Card (1 Week Pass) - 34.00
Sea Wall/A Life (Broadway) - 101.50
Convenience Store (Water) - 2.17
USD1,130.58

[MANHATTAN] Broadway Barrage Season 4


This year marks the fourth season of Broadway Barrage, probably the only thing I look forward to every year now. The selection this year is almost equally divided between straight plays and musicals with neither genre ending up being disappointing. Over all, it has been an awesome year and a lot of shows made a very good impression that it’s just so damn hard to choose a favorite. Or maybe I don’t have to choose a favorite! Hopefully, this lineup can be duplicated for the 5th season coming next year.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

[NEW JERSEY] Budget and Itinerary


FRIDAY: 4 October 2019
Megabus (New York - Princeton New York) - 15.50
Wawa (Mineral Water) - 1.79
Princeton Pi & Hoagie (Pasta) - 10.95
USD28.24

[PRINCETON] Princeton Campus Tour


Last stop, Princeton! I booked a Megabus ticket for $1 from NY to NJ and a $12.50 ticket going back. Yes, you can get $1 bus tickets on Megabus if you book early and if you select a not so popular departure time. The surprise of the day was how we all ended up on a Suburban bus, which had WiFi but no power outlets like Megabus does. But hey, for a $1 interstate bus ride am I really allowed to complain? Heading to New Jersey takes an hour and a half. Double that to 3 hours if going back to Manhattan on a late Friday afternoon.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Sound Inside (Broadway)

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Bella (Mary-Louise Parker) is a tenured Creative Writing professor at Yale diagnosed with the same kind of cancer that killed her mother years back. Christopher (Will Hochman) is an overly enthusiastic student who comes over during office hours without appointments to discuss a novel that he is writing. The two get to know each other through discussions of Dostoevsky and some liquor, debating on grounds of literary criticism for her and on hatred of social media for him. As his novel progresses, so do their interaction and acquaintance. Still, there lingers the question as to what his motivations are for forging a close relationship with his mentor. The answer might just lie on the piece of literature he is writing or, as she would like to say, on the sound inside, whatever that means.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Beetlejuice (Broadway)

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Teenager Lydia Deetz (Sophia Anne Caruso) just can’t get over the death of her mother. She grieves and obsesses about death as much as she could. Her father Charles (Adam Dannheisser) hires life coach and his lover Delia (Leslie Kritzer) to help the girl move on. They also transfer to a new house for a change of environment, not knowing that it is the house of deceased couple Barbara (Kerry Buttler) and Adam Maitland (Rob McClure) who were just prepping up for family life when they met their sudden demise. Not willing to move on to the other side, the couple haunt the house, but are deemed not scary enough for the part. When Lydia sees the duo, she finds an opportunity to move back to their old home by conniving with the ghosts to scare her father and future stepmom, but it doesn’t work. Enter Beetlejuice (Alex Brightman), a demon who wants to be visible and will try everything to make it happen by finding an alive and kicking human being to say his name thrice. In the end, will it be Lydia?

Moulin Rouge (Broadway)

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American songwriter Christian (Aaron Tveit) moves to Paris to join the Bohemian revolution and hone his art, but instead finds an unlikely family in playwright Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah) and narcoleptic Argentinean Santiago (Ricky Rojas). The trio of artists head to the Moulin Rouge to propose a new play, making the cabaret’s star Satine (Karen Olivo) believe that Christian is the Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu) who she needs to seduce for financial backing of the now almost bankrupt theater. Sparks fly and the two fall in love despite clear warning from the Duke that he owns everything there is to the club, including her. With his investment, they come up with a play about two doomed lovers who can’t be together, mirroring their real-life setup. With the harsh reality of life quickly catching up with them, can they really afford to uphold the values of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Betrayal (Broadway)

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Emma (Zawe Ashton) and Jerry (Charlie Cox) are a married couple, but not to each other. Despite the fact, they carry on having an affair for seven years and believe that their respective spouses have absolutely no idea regarding their infidelity. Robert (Tom Hiddleston), Emma’s husband and Jerry’s best friend, actually knows for quite some time now, but is aloof because he himself has been having an affair of his own. When Jerry finds out that Robert knows, the two meet up and a discussion between friends begins, putting into detail what used to be mere suspicions and doubts. As the three continue to live a normal life despite their cheating tendencies, they discover what really makes their relationship with one another tick, but will friendship suffice to justify cheating and betrayal?

Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway)

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Aside from medication, Evan Hansen (Michael Lee Brown) is advised to write letters addressed to himself to ease his bouts of anxiety. When he does, he accidentally leaves one on the school printer which is eventually found by a high Connor Murphy (Alex Boniello). What should have been the start of an odd friendship takes an unexpected turn when their unlikely conversation becomes a misunderstanding and Connor commits suicide with Evan’s letter found in his possessions. Mistaking it for a suicide note addressed to his only friend, the Murphy’s hang on to the letter believing it to be their son’s last memory. Seeing how he can be instrumental in helping with the family’s grief, Evan crafts one lie followed by another and then another until he gets entangled in an intricate web of deceit that spirals out of control, affecting all of them in ways both beneficial and detrimental.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

[CONNECTICUT] Budget and Itinerary


TUESDAY: 1 October 2019
Greyhound (Providence - New Haven) - 26.50
Subway (Spicy Italian + Lays + Coke + Cookie) - 12.24
BBQ Chicken (Tonkatsu w/Rice _ Coke) - 14.88
Bolt Bus (New Haven - New York) - 10.00
USD63.62

[NEW HAVEN] Yale Campus Tour


After Brown came Yale. Both Providence and New Haven are accessible via the I-95 and some buses coming from NYC will usually stop in New Haven first before heading to Providence. New Haven is a two-hour bus trip from Manhattan, with both Bolt Bus and Greyhound stopping at Union Station. If you prefer trains, it’s also where Amtrak and Acela stop, but train tickets are much more expensive than bus fares, so this really depends whether you value comfort over money. Travel time is the same, more or less.

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