Saturday, July 31, 2021

Jungle Cruise


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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