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.

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