Wednesday, September 22, 2021

What If...?: Episode 7


7. What If... Thor Were an Only Child?
In an alternate universe, Odin returns Loki to his frost giant parents, resulting in Thor growing up as a spoiled brat only child. While his exploits are mostly juvenile in nature as a party prince, he and his gang do leave entire planets in disarray after drinking and partying hard. Their latest venue is Midgard where he meets and is immediately smitten with Jane Foster. Worried about the planet’s safety, SHIELD, through Maria Hill as acting director, calls on the only power who can match the Asgardian Prince. Captain Marvel comes to the rescue and trades punches with the Thunder God but both seem evenly matched and end up in a stalemate. It doesn’t help that Carol seems to be gradually influenced by the levity and slowly shakes off her standoffish persona. In the absence of neutralizing force, Jane decides to call Frigga to discipline her son, which forces him to get his act together and clean up their mess. As he invites Jane to an official date, an army of Ultrons led by Vision land on the Mojave Desert with a sinister look on his face.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

What If...?: Episode 6


6. What If... Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?
In an alternate universe, Tony Stark is rescued in Afghanistan by Erik Stevens, resulting in Iron Man not being born and Killmonger manipulating everyone around him in pursuit of power. First, he gets rid of Obadiah Stane to gain a valuable position at Stark Industries. Next, he convinces Tony to build the Liberator drone machines he conceptualized in his thesis, equipping them with vibranium care of Ulysses Klaue’s illegal trade. There he manages to murder both his cousin T’Challa and James Rhodes as well as Stark himself eventually after his schemes are unveiled. What follows is a game of passing the blame: T’Challa’s death in the hands of the Americans; Stark’s assassination by Wakanda. A war ensues between the two nations, cleverly orchestrated by Stevens, earning him the admiration and loyalty of his countrymen. In the end, he is awarded the serum to assume the Black Panther mantel, but his triumph is short-lived as both Shuri and Pepper Potts catch up and put two and two together, promising to take him down.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Malignant

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1993. A terrified doctor at Simion Research Hospital fears for the safety of her staff, several of whom are murdered in a gruesome fashion by one of their special patients who can manipulate electricity. When the assailant is finally subdued, she announces that it’s time to get rid of the cancer. Almost three decades later, a pregnant Madison Lake (Annabelle Wallis) comes home to her abusive husband who has a knack for knocking her head against the wall. Later that night, the couple is attacked by a shadow, leaving him dead and her with a third miscarriage. To the rescue is her sister Sydney (Maddie Hasson) who sympathizes with her sister’s circumstances but is shaken by the revelation that they are not biological siblings. Soon Madison starts seeing visions of murders so vivid she feels as though she was witnessing them firsthand at the crime scene. This leads to an unlikely team-up with Detective Kekoa Shaw (George Young) who suddenly has a serial killer to catch.

Friday, September 10, 2021

[GUAM] Budget and Itinerary (2)


SUNDAY: 1 August 2021
Philippine Airlines (Manila - Guam - Manila) - 750.56
Heymondo/AXA (Medical Insurance/41 Days) - 152.99
USD903.55

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

What If...?: Episode 5


5. What If... Zombies!?
In an alternate universe, Bruce Banner is sent back to warn the Avengers about Thanos’ plans to a world dominated by zombies, including the Avengers themselves. As Hank Pym traveled to the Quantum Realm two weeks prior to rescue his wife, he was welcomed by a zombie virus-infected Janet Van Dyne. A surviving group of uninfected heroes head to Camp Lehigh in New Jersey where a cure is said to be waiting. One by one they fall along the way: Happy Hogan, Sharon Carter, Hope Van Dyne. The rest discover Vision at their destination who claims to have found a cure through the mind stone but can’t heal a zombified Wanda who is just too powerful, feeding her with human sacrifices instead. Kurt, Bucky, Okoye, and the Hulk sacrifice themselves as the Vision commits suicide and T’Challa is rescued. Peter Parker holds on to the infinity stone en route to Wakanda with Black Panther and Ant-Man’s severed but alive head. Outside Wakanda’s barrier stands a zombified Thanos with his infinity gauntlet in hand.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Life changes for Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) when he gets his hands on ten magical bracelets granting him immeasurable amounts of power and an incredibly long life. After centuries of eternal pursuit for more, his limitless craving leads him to the mystical village of Ta Lo, a place protected by a mysterious bamboo forest harboring numerous mythical creatures. There he meets his match in the person of Ying Li (Fala Chen), one of the village’s guardians, who gives him a change of heart. He abandons his weapons and his old ways and starts a happy family life with her and their two children, but his criminal past won’t leave them in peace. Two decades later, Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) tries to escape his lineage by living a simple life as a valet with his friend Katy (Awkwafina) in San Francisco. Unbeknownst to him, his past is about to catch up with his present as he is ambushed by his father’s Ten Rings organization, paving the way for an awkward family reunion that is just about to get even weirder.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

What If...?: Episode 4


4. What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?
In an alternate universe, Dr. Stephen Strange’s vehicular accident claims another life, that of Dr. Christine Palmer. With his hands remaining intact and functional, his longing to bring back his dead lover brings him to Kamar-Taj anyway to dabble into the mystic arts, becoming the Sorcerer Supreme after the Ancient One passes away. Still, his yearning for Christine leads him down a reckless path, seeking the Library of Cagliostro to gain the power he requires to bring her back from the afterlife. Days turn into centuries as he absorbs the force of mystic being after mystic being. Meanwhile, the Ancient One returns to intervene, splitting Strange into two different timelines existing in the same reality, culminating in a face-off between two opposing sides of the same persona. The obsessed defeats the reasonable and merges his two life forces, but the reversal of Christine’s death being an absolute point results in the dissolution of this parallel reality, it being reduced into mere nothingness.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

What If...?: Episode 3


3. What If... The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?
In an alternate universe, the Avengers initiative fails after a series of mysterious sabotage. Black Widow accidentally kills Tony Stark. Hawkeye unwittingly kills Thor before falling dead while in custody. Romanoff manages to escape and is asked by Fury to investigate. Her search brings her to Betty Ross who is hiding Bruce Banner. The Hulk does not stay alive for long as he blows up after succumbing to his anger. Meanwhile, Loki arrives with Asgard’s heroes to avenge his brother’s death, but Fury strikes a deal to deliver him his brother’s killer. Natasha finds out about the identity of the perpetrator before she bites the dust herself, which brings Fury to San Francisco to square off with Hank Pym. Donning Yellowjacket’s suit, he is revealed to be the culprit exacting revenge on Shield for the death of his daughter Hope while on duty. With no heroes left, Loki decides to extend his stay and rule Earth, but Fury has backup. He locates Captain America still buried in ice as Captain Marvel arrives asking where the fight is.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

COVID Vaccine in Guam for Filipinos - Air V&V Program (Vacation + Vaccination)


Background
Guam just reached their 80% vaccination target late last week, meaning most restrictions here have been lifted except for a mask mandate and social distancing for children in schools. The government has launched a program they refer to as Air V&V (Vacation & Vaccination) as an attempt for their tourism industry to rebound from this pandemic. The program was originally meant for expats in Southeast Asia who don't have access to vaccines but has since been opened to residents of certain countries including South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines among others. Here is their PH Facebook page:

Friday, August 20, 2021

Reminiscence

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In post-war Miami, dams are now a thing due to rising sea levels putting large areas under water. Even then, life goes on for its residents despite struggling with the aftermath of an oft-mentioned border war. Private investigator Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman) and his assistant friend Emily Sanders (Thandiwe Newton) make a living through their Reminiscence technology, a high-tech simulation that allows clients to bask in nostalgia. His life takes a detour when mysterious singer Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) walks in and pays to retrieve her memories so she can find her lost keys. A whirlwind romance follows but is cut short by her sudden disappearance, prompting him to get addicted to the very same tech he is making money out of, in a desperate attempt to scour his thoughts for clues as to where she might be. Question is, will he like the answers once they start pouring in?

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

What If...?: Episode 2


2. What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord
Wakanda, 1988. In an alternate universe, Yondu Udonta relegates his mission of retrieving Ego’s son to his subordinates. They end up kidnapping the wrong boy. T’challa grows up as Star-Lord, a Ravager exploring the galaxy with a Robin Hood sort of raison d’être. His team includes Korath the Pursuer and a reformed Thanos who is still obsessed with his benevolent and efficient purpose. Star-Lord steals an orb from Morag and plans to sell it to the Collector. Nebula, who has a debt to settle, hatches a plan to get even through triple cross. She offers T’Challa to the Collector as payment, which just serves as a distraction so the rest of the group could steal the Embers of Genesis, a part of the Collector’s collection which can terraform entire worlds. The plan works and they manage to fight off the Black Order, who serve as the Collector’s bodyguards. In the end, T’challa pays Wakanda a visit and has a reunion with his family. Somewhere in the US, a clueless and grown-up Peter Quill working at DQ is ambushed by his Celestial father.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

What If...?: Episode 1


1. What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?
1943. In an alternate universe, Peggy Carter stays in the room to watch Steve Rogers get injected with the super soldier serum and averts an enemy ambush, but not without leaving him injured and unable to continue with the process. She jumps in and becomes Captain Carter. Gifted with a shield emblazoned with the Union Jack as well as a costume, she squares off with Red Skull in Berlin to prevent him from utilizing the tesseract in Nazi Germany’s favor. Howard Stark creates an indestructible robotic suit for Steve which they call the Hydra Stomper, powering it up with the tesseract’s energy. Red Skull plans an ambush and captures Steve as a prisoner, retrieving the tesseract to bring forth a tentacled abomination from another world, which quickly devours him. Peggy sacrifices herself to shove the creature back into the portal, taking her along with it. Steve and Howard look on to a super soldier they have just lost. Captain Carter emerges on the other side of the portal, 70 years later, with Nick Fury and Hawkeye welcoming her to the future.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

The Suicide Squad

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A violent coup in the Latin American island nation of Corto Maltese paves the way for a military takeover. While the country has not been particularly antagonistic to the United States, the development becomes an issue of national interest given the fact that they are hosting an extra-terrestrial weapon being developed by one of their scientists. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is tasked to gather a group of convicted criminals with a specific set of skills to carry out a covert mission that couldn’t be traced back to the US and wouldn’t court much international attention. She inks a deal with a number of villains in exchange for reduced jail sentence, among them: sharpshooter mercenary Bloodsport (Idris Elba); ruthless killer Peacemaker (John Cena); Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman); shark-human hybrid Nanaue (Sylvester Stallone); virus-infected Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian); rodent manipulator Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior); and cuckoo ex-psychiatrist Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

Friday, August 6, 2021

Revirginized

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With two grown-up and well-raised children, middle-aged Carmela (Sharon Cuneta) never expected that she will be thrown a curveball this late in her life. After 36 years of marriage, her husband Bart (Albert Martinez) is asking for an annulment to run away with another woman. In a stage of shock and denial, she runs into her goddaughter who is about to turn eighteen and headed to a secluded beach called Stranded with her friends to celebrate her entry into womanhood through gallons of liquor. Ever intrusive and protective, she decides to tag along as an uninvited chaperone and immediately dislikes the hardcore party environment she finds herself in. As she gets immersed in a world of partygoers a few generations younger than hers, she meets Morph (Marco Gumabao), a tattoo artist who helps her get back up and move on to explore a new chapter in her life.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Jungle Cruise

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1916 London. Botanist Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) tries in vain to get her research about a miraculous flower petal with revolutionary healing properties in the Amazon recognized by the scientific community through her brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall). When every other attempt fails, she devices a plan to steal an arrowhead artifact from the museum which is rumored to be the key to locating the mysterious tree. Despite the challenges, she is successful in retrieving the remnant and soon finds her way to Brazil along with her brother to find someone to ferry them through the Amazon. Lucky for them, experienced skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) proves to be eager to get the job done, after seeing the relic tied around her neck. Unbeknownst to them, persistent German royal Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) is also after the petal and the tree to swing the tide of war into is country’s favor. Their journey into the Amazon will awaken centuries-old ghosts from the past who have also tried and failed to secure the magical petal.

Monday, July 19, 2021

My Amanda

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Fuffy (Piolo Pascual) and Fream (Alessandra de Rossi) have been friends for so long that her grandmother is forever wondering how they didn’t manage to end up together. Better off as friends, the pair live their love lives independently from one another: him, bouncing from girlfriend to girlfriend; her, taking a chance on a long-time commitment by attempting to settle down. Even so, their closeness as friends is unparalleled and they prove to be stronger together as they babysit one another after every heartache. Failing miserably in their respective relationships, they always tend to think out loud whether they are actually meant for one another. She is very vocal and open about it, always teasing him about what-ifs and what could be. He is quite aloof but deep inside he knows he is also affected. Should platonic friendships remain as such or is there anything to gain in progressing to being more than friends?

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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1998. A young LeBron James can’t concentrate on his basketball training due to distractions brought about by videogames. Two decades later, he is the king of the court and now forcing his basketball legacy on his son Dom (Cedric Joe) who wants to be a game developer. At the WB studios in Burbank, a rogue AI called Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) hatches a world domination plan but is thwarted by James’ reluctance to participate in the algorithm’s planned film career for him. Vengeful, the AI lures father and son into the WB Serververse and pits one against the other through a virtual basketball match, on which the fate of the Looney Tunes depends. Bugs Bunny searches far and wide to get the gang back together and form the basketball team necessary to buy all of them their freedom back, but Al-G Rhythm has more tricks up his sleeves. Does the Toon Squad have what it takes to win?

Friday, July 16, 2021

Space Jam

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1973. A young Michael Jordan dreams of being a professional basketball player. Two decades later, he reaches the pinnacle of his athletic career and decides to retire, dabbling in another childhood passion he was never good at which is baseball. Somewhere in outer space, a theme park tyrant faces the fall from popularity of his enterprise. Seeing the Looney Tunes on TV, he believes that kidnapping the cartoon characters and forcing them into a life of slavery will do the trick. As his minions head to Earth in search of them, Bugs Bunny devices a plan to outwit the aliens by challenging them to a game of basketball, being sure that they will win because their enemies are tiny. Unbeknownst to them their foes have just stolen the ball-dribbling talents of Jordan’s contemporaries, tipping the odds to their favor. Left without a choice, the Looney Tunes persuade Jordan to play for them despite their inexperience.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Gunpowder Milkshake

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Hired assassin Samantha (Karen Gillan) follows the footsteps of her estranged mother Scarlet (Lena Headey) who was forced to abandon her as a child due to a botched mission that put their lives in danger. Growing up under the tutelage of Nathan (Paul Giamatti), she has served as one of the Firm’s elite hired guns, until one crucial mistake puts them in loggerheads with an influential crime syndicate. Tasked to track a man who stole money from the group, she finds his daughter Emily (Chloe Coleman), a kid eight and three quarters old orphaned by her mistake. Now on the run, she enlists the help of her librarian aunties: Anna May (Angela Bassett); Florence (Michele Yeoh); and Madeleine (Carla Gugino) who are hesitant to fight for and with her, at least not until the unexpected arrival of her long-lost mother who finally shows up to make amends.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Loki: Episode 6


6. For All Time. Always.
Loki and Sylvie reach the Citadel at the End of Time and are welcomed by Miss Minutes, who tries in vain to bargain with them. The duo finally get to know the puppet master behind it all, a guy referred to as He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors). After a concise review of the Multiversal War, he gives the pair two options: Rule the TVA on his behalf and preserve the Sacred Timeline; or kill him right then and there and unleash chaos in the Multiverse, his death ensuring the arrival of other variants of himself who are way less benevolent. Loki is persuaded. Sylvie is doubtful. Their differing opinions lead to a swordfight. Just as Sylvie appears to be finally convinced, she uses the time dictator’s TemPad and shoves Loki into a portal back to the TVA, right after they share a kiss. As she plants her sword in his chest, the timeline starts to branch out in unprecedented ways. Loki rushes to warn Mobius and B-15 about what has just transpired, but they don’t recognize him. He realizes that he has been sent to another universe’s Time Variance Authority.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

A Quiet Place Part II

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Day 1. The Abbott family are enjoying a beautiful afternoon attending Marcus’ community baseball game when everyone is shocked by what looks like a ball of fire falling from the sky. Curiosity is quick to turn into panic as extra-terrestrial predators suddenly emerge out of nowhere and go on a killing spree. More than 400 days later in the aftermath of Lee’s sacrifice to save them, Evelyn, Regan and Marcus set out to leave their now destroyed home with their newborn baby in tow and find refuge in an abandoned steel foundry. There they are reluctantly rescued by Emmett (Cillian Murphy), a family friend who has turned into a recluse after the tragic demise of his family in the hands of the aliens. Hesitant to help, he is convinced to do so after Regan departs unannounced to find the source of a radio signal, the song Beyond the Sea playing on loop, which she believes to be a hint from fellow survivors.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Black Widow

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Ohio, 1995. A family of four uproots their make-believe suburban life as they are chased by US security forces. Landing their plane in Cuba, they are received by General Dreykov (Ray Winstone) who takes the two children in to be part of the Red Room, a Soviet training program that turns young girls into assassins. 21 years later, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is on the run for violating the Sokovia Accords in the aftermath of Civil War while Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) is on a mission to hunt a defector in Morocco and unwittingly breaks free from mind control after getting in contact with a gas agent. The two cross paths after two decades as they find themselves hunted by Taskmaster, a masked mercenary who can mimic enemy fighting styles. They realize that the Red Room is still active and decide that they must bring it down for good with the help of their “parents” Melina (Rachel Weisz) and Alexei (David Harbour) a.k.a. the Red Guardian, the Russian counterpart of Captain America.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Loki: Episode 5


5. Journey Into Mystery
Loki ends up in the Void, where all pruned realities are dumped to be devoured by Alioth, a giant angry cloud. He is taken by his other four variants to a hiding place where they recount their own nexus events: Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) claims to have vanquished Iron Man and Captain America; Alligator Loki ate the wrong neighbor’s cat; Kid Loki (Jack Veal) killed Thor; and Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) escaped death in the hands of Thanos. They are ambushed by another variant Loki and a battle royale ensues which Loki, Kid Loki, and Classic Loki manage to escape from. An alliance between Sylvie and Renslayer fails to materialize as the latter tries to betray the former. Sylvie prunes herself, lands in the Void, and is rescued by Mobius. The duo finds the trio. Sylvie plans to enchant Alioth to discover who is the puppet master behind it all. Mobius bids them goodbye as he heads back to the TVA with Renslayer’s stolen TemPad. Kid Loki walks away. Classic Loki sacrifices himself so Sylvie and Loki could enchant Alioth.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Loki: Episode 4


4. The Nexus Event
Sylvie recalls how she was abducted as a child from Asgard by then TVA agent Ravonna Renslayer. She steals her TimePad right before judgment and has been on the run since then. The duo awaiting their demise on Lamentis 1 creates a Nexus event big enough for the TVA to track them down and take them in. Loki is imprisoned in a time loop with an angry Sif (Jaimie Alexander) who repeatedly gives him a slap and a kick in the balls for cutting her hair. As Mobius and B-15 begin to catch up on the truth, Renslayer prunes Mobius and takes the two Variants to finally face the Time Keepers. With a last-minute intervention from B-15 who goes MIA after regaining her pre-TVA memories, Loki and Sylvie put up a fight and end up decapitating one of the Time Keepers before discovering that the trio are mere android puppets. Renslayer recovers and successfully prunes Loki but is disarmed by Sylvie, who now demands to know the entire truth. Presuming he is dead, Loki wakes up in a wasteland surrounded by four variants of himself.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

A Girl and a Guy

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Fiona (Alexa Miro) and her boyfriend are aspiring filmmakers who are beginning to drift apart. After arriving late in their hotel room and a frustrated attempt at intimacy, they break up and he smothers her with a pillow. Working as a marketing strategist for his godmother, Raf (Rob Gomez) has never really shaken off his immaturity. Arriving late at a dinner date with his girlfriend at a fancy restaurant, she stabs him multiple times before slitting his neck with a steak knife. Or at least that is what happens in their imagination. One thing is for sure, it is definitely over for the two couples. Multiple rebound flings later, Raf and Fi meet on Tinder and later at her birthday party, but an emerging pandemic stifles any chances for a relationship. As the world goes back to normal and they are given the opportunity to turn what's platonic into something romantic, they are already committed to different people. Will they settle down with their respective partners or take a chance on something unsure?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Loki: Episode 3


3. Lamentis
The time door leads back to the TVA where the Variant marches all the way to Ravonna Renslayer’s door to meet the Time Keepers, but Loki pursuing her almost leads to an armed confrontation with the judge. Avoiding capture last minute, he activates a TemPad which lands both of them in 2077 Lamentis 1, a moon amid a planetary collision. Escaping would have been easy had the TemPad not run out of batteries. Now, the two must team up to find a power source strong enough to power up the device. Through illusions and tricks, the duo gets into a train carrying privileged survivors to a departing ship which they deem as good enough to reenergize the TemPad. The two get to know each other better. She introduces herself as Sylvie and explains her enchantment magic before they get thrown out of the moving train after Loki gets inebriated. She reveals that the TVA’s Minutemen are just variants like the two of them. They make it to the launching location just in time to see the ship destroyed by a meteorite.

La casa de las flores: La Película/The Movie


La Película
Delia está por sucumbir a una enfermedad terminal y le revela a Paulina una lonchera escondida en una pared de su ex-casa la cual puede contener pruebas incriminatorias contra Agustín. Con la ayuda remota de María José los hermanos y Diego arman un plan para infiltrar la casa y recuperar la lonchera dado que la nueva propietaria, una viejita rara que se llama Esperanza (Angélica María), no quiere cooperar. En escenas retrospectivas en los años 80 se revela que Virginia, ya casada con Ernesto y con tres hijos en aquel entonces, planeaba algo similar durante la fiesta de boda de Salo para forzar a Agustín que confesara su asesinato de Pato y grabarlo en video. Se llevan a cabo las dos misiones en sus cronogramas respectivos, aunque sin defectos y no como esperan. Finalmente, los dos grupos van a darse cuenta de lo que es lo más importante en la vida, es decir, la familia y todas las complicaciones que conlleva.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Luca

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Sea monster Luca (Jacob Tremblay) has always been warned by his mother not to explore the surface. According to her, humans only have on thing in mind: Murder. Taking this word of caution to heart, the 13-year-old sea monster is still lured to the human world after meeting Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) who has been living on land for quite some time now. The two become best friends as Alberto teaches Luca the ways of life on land. Threatened by his mother to be sent with his uncle down in the deep, the duo run away to the closest coastal city, Portorosso, whose inhabitants are obsessed with finding and killing their kind. There they meet town bully Ercole (Saverio Raimondo), the proud owner of their much-coveted Vespa and perennial winner of the town’s annual Portorosso Cup. They also find a new friend in Giulia (Emma Berman) whose father takes them in to train for the coming race. But is their newfound friendship bound to last once their fishy secret is revealed?

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Loki: Episode 2


2. The Variant
Loki’s first field mission goes awry, prompting Mobius to bury him in paperwork for further investigation of the temporal hiding place of the other Loki variant. Reviewing Asgard’s Ragnarok file, Loki theorizes that apocalyptic events are devoid of time variance energy because the impending catastrophe is meant to take place in the sacred timeline no matter what. Mobius is doubtful but they give it a shot by time traveling to Pompeii right before Vesuvius’ eruption, proving his hypothesis right. Taking a hint from the Kablooie gum retrieved from a previous mission which is only in production between 2047 and 2051, they narrow down the end-of-the-world events, leading them to 2050 Alabama where a level 10 apocalyptic occurrence in the form of a hurricane will happen. As the group is divided and Hunter B-15 is immobilized, Loki finds the Variant (Sophia Di Martino) who simultaneously releases a chain of stolen reset charges, wreaking havoc in the TVA. As she escapes through a time door, Loki follows her as Mobius and Co. try in vain to catch up.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

In the Heights

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With the backdrop of a Caribbean beach, Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) recounts his life in New York’s Washington Heights to a group of curious kids, one of whom is his daughter. As the owner of a bodega, he rubs elbows with a lot of people and knows most of the members of the neighborhood including: Abuela Claudia (Olga Merediz), everyone’s grandma who raised him when his parents died; Benny (Corey Hawkins), his friend who works as a dispatcher at a taxi company; Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), his love interest who is an aspiring fashion designer but just couldn’t get a break; Nina (Leslie Grace), the golden girl of the community who is having a hard time adjusting to life at Stanford; as well as his teenage cousin Sonny (Gregory Diaz IV) who helps him run his shop. When news breaks out about a $96,000 lottery winner who purchased the ticket at his store, the neighborhood is set abuzz with the prospect of winning the prize money amidst the sweltering summer heat.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 6


Kabanata 6
Isisiwalat ni Datu Talagbusao ang katotohanan ukol sa pagkatao ni Alexandra Trese habang bihag ito ng kambal na panandaliang mapapailalim sa kapangyarihan ng kanilang ama. Ayon sa panginoon ng digmaan, ang ama ni Alexandra ay nagsinungaling sa lahat ubang baguhin ang kanilang tadhana. Hindi talaga namatay ang nakatatandang kambal ni Alexandra matapos itong maipanganak. Sa halip ay buhay itong isinilang at pinatay lamang ni Anton kinalaunan dahil ayon sa itinakda, ang ika-limang anak ng ika-anim na anak ang sisira sa daigdig habang ang ika-anim na anak ng ika-anim na anak naman ang magbabalik ng kaayusan sa pamamagitan ng paghatol at pagbuo ng bagong sangkalibutan. Mananaig pa rin ang kabutihan sa puso ng dalaga at magagawa nitong ipatapon at ikulong ang kalaban sa ibang daigdig sa tulong ng kambal matapos nilang bumalik sa katinuan. Masasawi si Kapitan Guerrero sa sagupaan. Sa huli, isang jiangshi ang mamamataan na nagkakalat ng lagim sa Maynila, isang bagong hamon sa lakan.

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 5


Kabanata 5
NAKALIPAS: Magpupulong ang mga pinuno ng mga angkan upang pagpasyahan ang kapalaran ng kambal. Maninindigan si Anton na ampunin at kalingain ang dalawa kahit na hindi sang-ayon dito ang pinuno ng mga aswang. Sisimulan ni Alexandra ang kanyang pagsasanay bilang bagong lakan, ang ika-anim na anak ng ika-anim na anak. Limang taon ang lilipas at sa kanyang pagbabalik ay wala na ang kanyang ama. KASALUKUYAN: Lalantad si Mayor Sancho Santamaria bilang utak ng malawakang pagsabog sa kalakhang Maynila. Gamit ang itim na kapangyarihan ay bubuo siya ng hukbo ng mga bilanggong wala sa katinuan at isang sagupaan ang magaganap sa gitna nila Alexandra at ng mga kalaban. Lalantad si Nuno bilang taksil na nagbigay ng kapangyarihan kay Sancho. Magagawang tapusin nila Alexandra ang laban sa tulong ng mga tikbalang at taong hangin. At sa kanilang buong pag-aakala na sila ay nagwagi na, biglang lilitaw si Datu Talagbusao na matagal na palang nasa katawan ni Heneral Villar.

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 4


Kabanata 4
NAKALIPAS: Matatagpuang patay ng mag-amang Anton at Alexandra si Ramona habang bihag naman ni Datu Talagbusao ang kambal. Masasaksak si Anton ng panginoon ng digmaan ngunit matatapos ni Alexandra ang lagusan upang maipatapon ang datu. KASALUKUYAN: 50 bangkay ang nawawala sa kanilang libingan habang isang maramihang pagpatay naman ang magaganap sa isang squatters area kung saan ang pinaghihinalaang utak ay ang nakakulong na si Mayor Sancho Santamaria. Maya-maya pa ay sasalakayin na ng mga bangkay na nabuhay ang himpilan nila Kapitan Guerrero. Mapagaalaman nila Alexandra na mayroong nang-angkin sa isa sa tatlong isinumpang batong buhay panawag sa patay na kailangan nilang sabay-sabay sirain upang mapigilan ang pagsalakay. Mahahanap nila ito sa isa sa mga bilanggo na may galit sa mga kinauukulan. Susubukang tuklasin ni Hank (Christopher Carlo Caling) ang katotohanan kay Amang Paso ngunit lulusubin sila ng isang lalaking may bomba sa katawan.

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 3


Kabanata 3
NAKALIPAS: Sa tulong ng kanyang kambal na anak ay bubuhaying muli ni Ramona ang dakilang Datu Talagbusao sa pamamagitan ng pag-alay ng mga puso ng kanyang mga pinaslang na sundalo at ng kanilang pinuno. Laking gulat na lang nito ng salakayin silang mag-iina ng naturang panginoon ng digmaan. KASALUKUYAN: Isang manggagamot ang papatayin ng isang nilalang na nagtatago sa kadiliman na tanging mga pulang mata lang ang kapansin-pansin. Dadalhin ng pangyayaring ito sina Alexandra Trese at ang kambal kay Nova Aurora, isang sikat na artista na nasa pangangalaga ni Amang Paso na pinuno ng angkan ng Pulang Lupa. Kanilang mapapagtanto na isang tiyanak ang tumutugis sa magkaibigang manggagamot at artista. Walang awang papatayin ni Aurora sa saksak ang tiyanak na sumapi sa kanyang sanggol na kanilang sadyang pinabayaan sa gubat. Babalaan ni Amang Paso si Trese ukol sa isang paparating na panganib at pagtataksil. Babalikan naman si Aurora ng mga tiyanak upang patayin sa gabing iyon.

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 2


Kabanata 2
NAKALIPAS: Kasama ang batang Alexandra ng kanyang amang si Anton (Eugene Adalia) sa pagsisiyasat ng pagpaslang ng mga dating sundalo at ng kanilang mga alalay na pinatay at tinanggalan ng mga puso. KASALUKUYAN: Hihingin ni Kapitan Guerrero ang tulong ng dalaga upang lutasin ang isang kapanganyayaang dulot ng pabilisan ng mga sasakyan. Ang mga bakas ng sulikap ang magtuturo sa kanya sa pinuno ng mga tikbalang na si Ginoong Armanaz. Sa tulong ng dalawang taong hangin ay makikipagtimpalak si Alexandra gamit ang kanyang sariling sasakyan at kanyang matutuklasan na ang anak ni Ginoong Armanaz na si Maliksi (Steve dela Cruz) ang kanilang hinahanap. Isa pang paghihinala ang magdadala kay Trese kay Bagyon Lektro na pinuno ng isang angkan na may kakayahang gumamit ng dagitab. Sasalakayin siya ng anak nitong si Bagyon Kulimlim na kanilang mapapatay sa tulong ng Nuno at ng kanyang alagad. Babalaan ni Lektro si Trese ukol sa isang paparating na panganib.

Trese: Kabanata/Episode 1


Kabanata 1
Sa isang pangkaraniwang gabi ay biglang titirik ang MRT. Bababa ang mga nakasakay ngunit hindi na masisilayang muli. Sa halip ay isang tren na puno ng dugo subalit walang mga bangkay ang tanging maiiwang bakas. Makakarating ang balita kay Alexandra Trese (Liza Soberano), ang batang lakan na namamagitan sa daigdig ng sangkatauhan at ng mga kampon ng kadiliman. Kasalukuyang nagsisiyasat sa pagkamatay ni Gina Santos, ang white lady ng Balete Drive, ang dalaga ay hihingan ng tulong ni Kapitan Guerrero (Apollo Abraham) upang lutasin ang nasabing kababalaghan. Sa kanyang pakikipag-ugnayan sa Nuno (Christian Velarde) at kay Ibu, ang diwata ng kamatayan, kanyang matutuklasan ang sabwatan ng isang angkan ng mga aswang at ni Mayor Sancho Santamaria (Rene Tandoc), ang kalaguyo ng white lady na ginagamit ang kanyang katungkulan upang lipulin ang mga squatter at ialay sa mga aswang. Sa tulong ng kambal na sina Crispin at Basilio (Simon dela Cruz) ay susubukang tugisin ni Trese ang kanyang mga kalaban, mapa-tao man o aswang.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Awake

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Security personnel Jill Adams (Gina Rodriguez) is estranged from her children, teenager Noah (Lucius Hoyos) and her little daughter Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt), who both live with their paternal grandmother Doris (Frances Fisher). Picking them up for bonding time one afternoon, Jill and the kids end up in a vehicular accident tossing their car into the river. Soon they find out that they are just one of the many victims as it becomes evident that a massive electrical outage has hit the entire country affecting all machines that run on microchips. Later that night satellites start falling from the sky and everyone discovers that they have lost the ability to sleep. Scientists go on a mad scramble to discover a cure, knowing all too well that sleep deprivation eventually leads to death. Witnessing how her daughter can actually sleep, Jill has to decide whether to bring her to the hub of her boss, psychiatrist Murphy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), where one patient who can also sleep is already being experimented upon.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Loki: Episode 1


1. Glorious Purpose
2012. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) escapes with the tesseract and lands in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert before being arrested by Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) of the Time Variance Authority. Long ago in the brink of a multiversal war, a trio of all-knowing Time-Keepers established the TVA to ensure the existence of a single sacred timeline, preventing branching ones from diverging to threaten the main one. Loki is now referred to as a Variant a.k.a. those who escape their set timelines and are then considered a danger to the temporal order of the universe. He is taken before Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a former TVA hunter who has risen through the ranks and now serves as a judge. He is saved from being reset or eliminated from existence by Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), a TVA agent who focuses on dangerous Variants. Faced with a series of time crimes leading to the death of TVA's Minutemen, he strikes a deal with the God of Mischief to catch a particularly dangerous time criminal currently on the loose: Loki.

Friday, June 4, 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Connecticut, 1981. Demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) come to the aid of the Glatzel family, whose 8-year-old son David (Julian Hillard) is said to be possessed by a malevolent entity. The attempt on exorcism ends in vain when the priest is knocked out by a flying dinner plate. Arne Cheyenne Johnson (Ruairi O’Connor), boyfriend of the family’s daughter Debbie (Sarah Catherine Hook) invites the demon to possess him instead as an act of desperation. As the child breaks free from the demonic curse and starts anew, the nightmare is only beginning for Arne who later ends up stabbing his landlord to death 22 times. Subjected to a possible death penalty sentence, he pleads demonic possession as an alibi, the very first time such a defense is used in American courts. Lorraine and Ed, who is now left with a heart condition after his last skirmish with paranormal forces, must now investigate to make sure that the young man is acquitted from a crime they claim he did not willingly commit.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Cruella

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Young Estella (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) has always considered herself to be a genius, causing a lot of friction in her school that leads to her expulsion. Her downward spiral is further exacerbated by the trauma of witnessing her mother’s death in the mansion of renowned fashion tycoon Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), an event that the little girl has always believed to be her own fault. Ending up in London as a street urchin, she lives from day-to-day conning people along with fellow petty thieves Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser). However, her life’s greatest ambition is to work in fashion. As her stars align, her path crosses once again with the Baroness, working her way from the clueless newbie all the way up to her most prized designer. As certain truths are revealed about their intertwined fates, Estella unleashes Cruella (Emma Stone), ever ambitious and hungry for vengeance.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Woman in the Window

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Suffering from acute agoraphobia, child psychologist Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) has not left her Manhattan apartment in the last ten months. Circumstances change when the Russell family moves in across the street and they start befriending her. First comes Ethan (Fred Hechinger), the son, whom she immediately determines to be suffering from domestic abuse. Then comes his mother (Julianne Moore) with whom she easily gets along. Spying on her neighbors through her window, Anna witnesses the murder of her new friend and calls the police. The father, Alistair Russell (Gary Oldman), is livid and denies all accusations, arguing that his wife Jane Russell (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is very much alive and has come to accompany him at the meeting with the police. Ethan also refutes Anna’s claim that she has met his mother. Taking her medications and dependence on alcohol into consideration, she is summarily dismissed as a nutjob, but is she really? Or is the Russell family hiding a secret?

Friday, May 14, 2021

Those Who Wish Me Dead

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Smokejumper Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie) is still reeling from making a mistake that cost the lives of three young boys in one of her forest fire rescue missions. Failing her psychiatric evaluation, she is instead assigned by her ex and town sheriff Ethan Sawyer (Jon Bernthal) to be on the lookout for potential forest fires from high atop a tower in the middle of the woods. Meanwhile, Ethan’s brother-in-law Owen (Jake Weber) and his son Connor (Finn Little) are on the run from hitmen Patrick (Nicholas Hoult) and Jake Blackwell (Aidan Gillen). The duo eventually catches up on father and son, causing their car to crash down a ravine. Connor escapes, taking incriminating evidence with him as his father succumbs to his wounds. Banking on his advice to follow creeks because they lead to rivers that lead to towns, Connor crosses paths with Hannah, but can she really protect him from his two assailants who wish him dead?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Things Heard & Seen

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Art restorer Catherine Claire (Amanda Seyfried) is forced to abandon her life in Manhattan and move to Chosen when her husband George (James Norton) lands a teaching job at Saginaw College. They settle in a newly acquired farmhouse replete with history dating back all the way back to the late 1800s. It does not take long before mother and daughter feel that they are not alone in the house. She finds random stuff from previous owners such as a thick book chronicling family trees and death anniversaries from generations past, an old piano music sheet, as well as an antique ring embedded on the kitchen’s windowpane. Their daughter also reports seeing a woman watching her as she sleeps in her room. Digging deeper into their new home’s history. Catherine discovers various secrets, not just about their new abode, but also of the very family she thought she knew well.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Mortal Kombat

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Earthrealm is on the verge of catastrophe. Should it lose one more tournament, the savage realm of Outworld will invade. But an ancient prophecy foretells that a new group of champions will be united by the rise of Hanzo Hasashi’s blood. 1600’s Japan. A case of clan rivalry leads cryokinetic Lin Kuei assassin Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) to murder Shirai Ryu ninja Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his family. Unbeknownst to him, thunder god Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) whisks his infant daughter to safety to secure his bloodline. Centuries later, Chicago orphan Cole Young (Lewis Tan) makes ends meet for his family through $200 caged fights. When he is attacked by Sub-Zero, he is rescued by Special Forces Major Jax (Mehcad Brooks) who points him to the direction of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), who has intel on the existence of an inter-world tournament called Mortal Kombat. Together with mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson), the trio set out to find Lord Raiden’s temple to train, as soul-eating sorcerer Shang Tsung (Chin Han) prepares to take out Earth’s warriors with the dragon birthmarks.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 6


6. One World, One People
Karli and friends sabotage the GRC meeting, leading to chaos all over Midtown Manhattan as your heroes join the fray. Sam arrives with his newly customized Falcon suit from Wakanda bearing the stars and stripes and donning Captain America’s shield. Bucky tries to talk Karli out of her plans, but she just won’t listen. Sharon enters the scene in disguise and is revealed to be the Power Broker all along as she confronts Karli in an empty building. John Walker teams up with Bucky to rescue the GRC hostages and battle the Flag Smashers. After an extended fight scene all around NYC, the Flag Smashers are captured. Sharon shoots Batroc dead after he blackmails her. Morgenthau is wheeled to an ambulance. En route to the raft, the remaining Flag Smashers die in a bomb incident orchestrated by Zemo through his butler. The GRC revises its global relocation plan for blipped individuals after a speech from Sam. Sam gives Isaiah the tribute he deserves. John Walker is now officially US Agent. Sharon is pardoned by the US government.

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?
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