Thursday, September 30, 2021

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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Venom and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) have a falling out as they try to navigate their complicated bromance without jeopardizing each other’s life. The symbiote has been patiently holding out against his cravings for brains, a component of which is necessary for his nourishment, making up for it through a strict chicken and chocolate diet. The final straw is when Eddie interviews serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), for which Venom helps in unraveling the secrets of his criminal mind leading to a resurgence in Brock’s career. The duo part ways just as Kasady is about to be executed via death penalty, not knowing that he has also been infected by a murderous symbiote that goes by the name of Carnage. As he breaks out of prison after a killing spree, he looks for his long-time girlfriend Frances Barrison (Naomie Harris), a superpowered human who has the ability of weaponizing sound waves. With a new villainous pair terrorizing town, Brock and Venom will have to reevaluate their relationship to save the planet they care about.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

What If...?: Episode 8


8. What If... Ultron Won?
In an alternate universe, Ultron succeeds in getting a humanoid body via the Mind Stone, resulting in a world without Vision and a nuclear holocaust after he gets rid of the Avengers. Hawkeye and Black Widow are the only duo left fighting, planning on pitting Armin Zola’s analog configuration against Ultron's digital. Ultron gets a surprise visit from a gauntleted Thanos one infinity stone shy of completing his collection. Routing the Mad Titan without much effort, he then lays waste on Asgard, Sakaar, Ego as well as Xandar where he is met with failed resistance by Captain Marvel. Left without a raison d’être after establishing his vision of galactic peace, he senses the presence of Uatu (Jeffrey Wright), gives him a beating, and finds a new reason for his very existence. Unable to process the impossibility of everything that has just transpired, the Watcher ends up in Dark Doctor Strange’s pocket dimension. Left without a choice, he asks for his help to restore the now threatened balance of the Multiverse he has failed to protect.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen

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Prescription medication aside, Evan Hansen (Ben Platt) is advised to write letters addressed to himself to ease his bouts of depression and anxiety. When he does, he accidentally leaves one on the school printer which is eventually found by a high Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan). What should have been the start of an odd friendship takes an unexpected turn when their unlikely conversation becomes a cause of misunderstanding and Connor commits suicide with Evan’s letter found in his possessions. Mistaking it for a suicide note addressed to his only friend, Cynthia (Amy Adams) and Larry (Danny Pino) hang on to the letter believing it to be their son’s last genuine memory. Seeing how he can be instrumental in helping the family get over their grief, Evan crafts one lie after another until he gets entangled in an intricate web of deceit that spirals out of control, affecting all of them in ways that prove to be both beneficial and detrimental.

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.

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